Mini Mission Monday ~ Easter

mini-logoMini Mission Monday is about finding ten minutes a day to declutter. To make it easy for you, each Monday I set seven declutter missions, one for each day of the week for you to follow. It takes the guess work out of decluttering and makes it easy and “fun” for you to achieve some quick decluttering.

As I write this it is Easter Sunday so I thought I might Easter use that as todays theme for our mini missions. I will have to stretch the imagination to come up with descriptions of clutter that work in with the categories I have chosen. Each category is an Easter symbol of sorts. Good luck and happy decluttering

Monday – Egg ~ Declutter anything that has a shell or outer covering. This may sound difficult but even a coat of paint is an outer covering. You could also declutter something with a crack in it. Something white or any other egg colour. But no cheating and just eating Easter eggs for ten minutes.

Tuesday – Bunny ~ Declutter something furry, something with ears or perhaps something to do with luck. You could even stretch this one to anything in your home that seems to breed like rabbits (books, magazines, paperwork etc).

Wednesday – Cross ~ This could be something in the shape of a cross or simply something that makes you cross like obligation clutter.

Thursday – Spring ~ Although Easter is celebrated in Autumn in the Southern Hemisphere most of the Symbols are related to spring. So your items might have a spring in it or just springs out at you as something that needs decluttering.

Friday – Bonnet ~ A bonnet sits on top of your head, so why not declutter something that is sitting on top of something else. That should be easy. Or perhaps you actually have a hat the needs decluttering.

Saturday – Nest ~ Well this one could include anything in your home. After all your home is your nest right, so have at it.

Sunday - Sunday is reserved for contemplating one particular item, of your choice that is proving difficult for you to declutter. Whether that be for sentimental reasons, practical reasons, because the task is laborious or simply unpleasant, or because the items removal requires the cooperation of another person. That last category may mean that the item belongs to someone else who has to give their approval, it could also mean there is a joint decision to be made or it could mean that the task of removing it requires assistance from someone else. There is no need to act on this contemplation immediately, it is more about formulating a plan to act upon or simply making a decision one way or another.

Good luck and happy decluttering

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About Colleen Madsen

Colleen is the founder of 365 Less Things and lives in Newcastle, Australia.


  1. I love it!!
    Things that breed like rabbits- plastic bags, coffe jars, cleaning rags, shoes .
    Excellent inspiration 🙂

  2. Good one, Colleen … I enjoyed it!

    Here’s what I have:

    M: Egg – A CD, with the jewel case as its protective shell

    Tue: Bunny – I’ll be going through some paperwork

    Wed: Cross – An apron with cross-stitch embroidery

    Thur: Spring – 2 pens

    Fri: Bonnet – A cloth tote bag, since bonnets have straps and are often made of cloth

    Sat: Nest – Course workbooks.

  3. These are cute yet also very good mini-missions Colleen. I hope everyone has fun with this. Me, I’m just sitting here waiting to move. Grin.

  4. What clever mini missions!
    Mon-shell like coating
    Patio lights, the light bulbs have a hard surface
    Tue-breed like rabbits ( I love this one…lol)
    Deleted 9 e-books from cloud, pile of paper, mostly junk mail.
    Wed-obligation clutter
    A shirt I received as a gift, not really a good color on me
    4 cloth head bands, could also fall under obligation as they were a gift

    Will have to put some thought into spring & nest

    • Ok, I have the other two missions:
      Spring –took the outside Styrofoam vent covers off. 4 of them are too dirty on both sides to use again next winter, so out they go.
      Nest–broken plastic patio side table. I used it for 15 years, so got lots of use from it.

      • Colleen Madsen

        Well done Calla. Now to avoid so much junk mail in the future do everything you can to minimise it. There is plenty of advice about that on the internet.

  5. We’ve had the long weekend here in NZ and my daughter came home from Uni. Very happy to see her. We had a lovely weekend doing family type things including meeting up with extended family for a family bbq by the beach yesterday, which is when we discovered our picnic/cooler bag is damaged. At this point we’re going to remove all the cutlery, plates, cups, plastic wine glasses and keep in a box in the cupboard and make do using a chilly bin or cooler bag.

    I also re-visited our ’emergency kit’ over the weekend. I feel this could be streamlined down and a number of items could be replaced with more compact and/or collapsible versions and/or solar powered versions that are now on the market (my emergency kit is probably about 10 years old) so I will give that some attention over the coming weeks.

    • Colleen Madsen

      Improvising and reducing. Well done Moni.

      • Has anyone out there used/owns silicone collapsible cups? I’ve seen them on AliExpress and was wondering if they’re any good?
        I have a silicone collapsible funnel that works fine, but holding a liquid could be a different thing.

        It has occurred to me that keeping a six person picnic set is excessive, when there are only 3 of us left. I usually keep a pack of paper plates (bio friendly ones) at the top of the pantry. We only picnic, maybe once a year, and given that six person picnic sets are hard to find and quite expensive, it would be better to pass it onto a family who will use it regularly.

        • Colleen Madsen

          I have often wondered about those silicone collapsible products. I fancy the idea of the colander ones, as they would take up less space in my kitchen. It seems to me that they might split at the folds over not too long a time span. The only other experience I have had is silicone cupcake pans. I wouldn’t advise anyone to use them as they are too hard to clean. All those little folds like to cling on to any cake fragments that pull away when being released.

  6. Hi Colleen,

    I’m too exhausted to do any of the missions right now. But that didn’t stop me from having a good chuckle over your categories and their descriptions! Thank you for the good fun 🙂

    • Peggy you have put in some mega hard work lately, I could safely say you deserve some time off.

      • Hi Moni,

        Thank you for being supportive 🙂 I have had sinus issues for the last several weeks and not being able to breathe properly is “doing me a mischief”… I think it is allergy-based because my husband hasn’t been sick, it’s just me. I have been working all along but get worn down easily. Thanks for listening 🙂

        • Colleen Madsen

          Those darn sinus issues. I was up last night having a cup of tea at 2am because… 1. I couldn’t get back to sleep and 2. I was having sinus issues. I think I am going to have to pull my bedroom apart and thoroughly clean it because something in there is getting up my nose. I’ll start right now by putting our blanket in the wash.